1997 - Cinque Terre
This is the main reason to go to the Cinque Terre. There are beautiful hiking paths between each of the five villages, some longer and more difficult than others, and one even wheelchair accessible. The two most strenuous paths, between the three northernmost villages, take you through vineyards and olive orchards, up and over hills, with striking views of the coastline below. The two stretches between the three southernmost villages are very easy, yet still provide beautiful views and plenty of things to see along the way. Click here for Beth's story on our Rainy Hike in the Cinque Terre from our 1994 trip.
One word of caution: if you plan to hike through the middle village, Corniglia, it's much easier from north to south. It sits on top of a cliff and the path leading away from it to the south is at the bottom of the cliff, down a steep zig-zagging staircase.
|Charming ancient fishing villages:
The five villages from north to south are:
19010 Manarola (SP) Cinque Terre, ITALY
Would we stay here? Yes
We did not have a good experience at the hotel where we did stay, La Spiaggia, in Monterosso, and would not recommend it.
|What else is there?
Many people (including ourselves) come to the Cinque Terre for the beaches. This turned out to be the wrong reason for us, as the weather simply did not allow it. The surf was too rough for swimming the whole time we were there, so much so that the red flags were flying on the beach each day. Also, the beach in Monterosso wasn't as nice as what we're used to in the Americas.
If the weather had been better and the surf less dangerous we probably would have enjoyed it, but we were frustrated with how it turned out. The less populated beaches between some of the villages on the hikes looked actually nicer than those in Monterosso with their lined-up umbrellas and only one small area set aside for public access. As a Californian it's difficult for me to consider paying to sit on a beach, especially one that's full of trash and debris.
Go for the hiking and the picturesque villages.
Pictured: A back street in the old town section of MonteRosso al Mare
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